The Philippines: Dante Escapes An Inferno

Dante Escapes An Inferno

Minutes before midnight, men posted on both sides of a street in suburban Manila opened fire on a passing car, killing two people and wounding Bernardo Buscayno, 43, the probable target of the ambush. Attacks by urban guerrillas of the left and right are not unusual in Manila, but this time the public furor was enormous.

Buscayno, or Commander Dante as he is popularly known, is something of a legend in the Philippines. The alleged commander in chief of the Communist New People's Army from its founding in 1969 until his capture in 1977, Dante pledged to fight for his ideals...